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Awesome: 10.81%
Worth A Look: 25.68%
Pretty Bad: 16.22%
Total Crap: 14.86%

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Legend of Bagger Vance, The
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by Greg Muskewitz

"A world without possibilities."
3 stars

Make no mistake that if a movie about sports like football, baseball, basketball, etc., can be made to be "inspirational," then it can be done with golf too.

But that's only part of the intended effect "The Legend of Bagger Vance" has, though it doesn't really fulfill any of its intentions. A surly, young WWI-tainted local is coaxed back into the game during the 1930s Depression, and is spiritually enhanced by an angelic presence, idolized by a little boy --who generically narrates the story in his paced Southern drawl-- and is tempted by the promoter herself. The story hits all the basics not missing or passing up an opportunity to preach what director Robert Redford feels is most pertinent, and while the story is very shady on any of the reasons that be (the real effect of the war, the realistic treatment of the young man's hibernation and drunken stupor, the go-get-um-ness of the female counterpart, the nonchalance of racism, etc.) it's main purpose is in fact not the game, but the consecration of these people and their ways, and somewhat to the sport --though it makes sure to include plenty of slow-mo shots following the ball, and smooth gliding shots that one would imagine was first shot and then placed the ball digitally into the frame. The movie has a classy look, no surprise from Redford, but it is also all very artificial, including the ethereal music that plays during the important golfing sequences. None of the accents are quite there, and although this is a production event, it still contains enough interest, even though it ends up as textbook as it began. With Will Smith, Matt Damon, and yet again, Charlize Theron.

Final Verdict: B-.

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User Comments

9/09/14 Joe Smaltz Like watching golf on TV. Or watching paint dry. 2 stars
8/18/09 Dr.Lao Misses most of what mde the book great, but the cast was clearly trying to make it work 4 stars
4/25/06 Carol Baker Again this between Average and Worth a look. Will Smith was pretty good here. 3 stars
12/01/05 Michael A Mix Of Currents: some good, some hidden 4 stars
8/18/05 ES bagger please! = why watch 2 stars
5/29/05 bill mcfarland An enchanting movie that makes you believe in Angels 4 stars
7/04/04 R.W. Welch It helps if you're into golf, I'd guess. Nice cinematography. 3 stars
1/13/04 Santiago If you have never played golf, you have no idea what the movie is about. 5 stars
12/20/03 Kent Worth seeing. Good moral and message 4 stars
12/09/03 Samuel A pretty decent film... 4 stars
9/03/03 Alex Too slow for most, but let's face it a man's grip on his club is like a man's grip on life 5 stars
4/10/03 Jack Bourbon Pretty stupid. And BTW, I like golf. . . probably because I'm a big fan of drinking. 2 stars
11/28/02 Kyle I don't like golf or Damon, but I thought this movie was pretty good. 4 stars
11/19/02 John C Its important not to confuse Thoreau with James Bond... Awesome Movie!!! 5 stars
11/19/02 Bill Hindu holy book Bhagava-gita = Bagger Vance Film is not about Golf at but about Life! 5 stars
7/03/02 Phil M. Aficionado It never quite got its act together to rise above the middle tier of films. Just so-so. 3 stars
6/06/02 Patrick Riley Simply the best film of the year, Bagger Vance rules!!!! 5 stars
12/25/01 ryan very disappointing worst golf movie since caddyshack 2 2 stars
12/21/01 Andrew Carden VERY Disappointing Smith Flick With Boring Screenplay and Bad Acting. 1 stars
6/05/01 keith langman sitting on few amazing scenes 4 stars
4/10/01 Monday Morning Understated story, beautifully filmed. Not everything can be an action flick, you dopes. 5 stars
4/09/01 Jake Tedious game. The world revolves around Damon's character again. Ugh! 1 stars
2/16/01 Joseph Roseberg The movie is not about Bagger Vance at all. But a relaxing diversion for the evening anyway 3 stars
12/31/00 kevin Okay movie, could have been better. At least i like golf C+ 3 stars
12/03/00 KoHawk Boring movie, does nothing for me 2 stars
12/02/00 Angela Murtagh Matt Damon was cute as always but it was nothing to write home about...boring! 2 stars
11/27/00 Fred Moving film. Another good performance by Matt Damon. Enjoyed Smith too. 4 stars
11/26/00 tnt The cast was not Redford nor Freeman..fix it!! 4 stars
11/21/00 Kirsten Predictable, yes...but it still got me. 4 stars
11/16/00 Mark Cinematography is not bad, screenplay sucks though. 3 stars
11/14/00 lil' pebble "I lost my swing" was a metaphor for life. We should all have a Bagger Vance to guide us. 5 stars
11/13/00 poetchuck Interesting, if implausible story 4 stars
11/07/00 Darren Smith Charlize Theron has great teeth. The slack-jawed pain in the ass kid got too much time. 4 stars
11/06/00 Wayne Good performances by Damon & Smith. 4 stars
11/04/00 Jerry Steele This movie is CRAP! 1 stars
11/03/00 Greg Wonderful Moving Film 5 stars
10/31/00 Boy In The Designer Bubble White America's revenge against Tiger Woods. 1 stars
10/27/00 Peterson Toscano Entertaining, but devoid of a social heart, a white, middle class dream come true 1 stars
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  08-Feb-2001 (M)

Directed by
  Robert Redford

Written by
  Steve Pressfield

  Matt Damon
  Will Smith
  Charlize Theron
  Robert Redford
  Morgan Freeman

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